HBO announces new Rosie O’Donnell stand-up documentary, Tig Notaro stand-up special for 2015

HBO took its turn before the Winter Press Tour of the TV Critics Association (TCA) on Thursday, and among the premiere date announcements for new and returning series, and an affirmation of the quick season 5 renewal for Girls, the pay-cable network also revealed plans to broadcast a documentary on Rosie O’Donnell and the first stand-up special for Tig Notaro in 2015.

ROSIE O’DONNELL: A HEARTFELT STAND UP (Feb. 14) features O’Donnell in a hybrid form of standup comedy, inspired by her recent near-fatal heart attack. In a comic and touching performance, she shares her experience with heart disease, the leading cause of death among American women, and explores topics ranging from the challenges of raising five children to her obsession with Barbra Streisand. O’Donnell’s return to the stage is an honest, hilarious and intimate take on life. Directed by Dan Chaykin.

O’Donnell recently returned to co-anchoring The View weekday mornings on ABC, too.

Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, also said this of the Notaro special, to tape later this year: “Tig Notaro is a ‘comedian’s comedian,’ whose uniquely fearless and always funny voice has won acclaim from critics and fans alike. I’m so happy that we will be able to introduce this remarkable performer to a larger audience.”

Notaro already has her own documentary premiering later this month at Sundance.

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